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The name's Tara, on earth since the year 1989. Don't follow my footsteps, I run into walls. Sarcastic to the cure and with good sense of (dark) humour. Tomboy and taken. German tongue. Internet and sexual language as well. English is also fine. This is a personal blog. I reblog what I want and don't care what it is as long as I like it so if you don't agree with it get the fuck out of here. You'll find here things about my fandoms, my pets and favorite countries. And sex. And fetishes. Life is simple. You make choices and never look back.

I like how there are probably a couple people who reblog this because it’s a cute and vintage-y and then the rest of us just KNOW


I like how there are probably a couple people who reblog this because it’s a cute and vintage-y and then the rest of us just KNOW

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Kikugawa-tayuu 菊川太夫

I’ve wanted to write about kottai-san for sometime now, but I couldn’t decide who to start with. Then I came across these photos of the beautiful Kikugawa seated in front of a painted screen, waiting to dance.

Let me back up a bit and give you some vocabulary. “Tayuu” is often used incorrectly as a general term for courtesans. People will say, “Tayuu is for Kyoto, Oiran for Tokyo”, but this is incorrect: tayuu is the highest rank a courtesan can reach. In the glory days of the Yoshiwara (in Tokyo) and Shimabara (in Kyoto) pleasure districts, reaching this rank was very difficult. One had to be uniquely beautiful, stylish, and have something to offer in the way of entertainment that other courtesans did not. Today, the women we call tayuu are entertainers—trained in traditional arts similar to those of the geisha, but given this title out of respect for the continuation of their unique tradition. In the Kantō region (around Tokyocourtesans are collectively called “oiran,” and in the Kansai region (around Kyoto) ”kottai" is used.

Kikugawa-tayuu is associated with the Kushigiku okiya in Shimabara, home of the famous former tayuu, Takasago, who now presides as “mother” over the okiya. Courtesans would take new names as they moved up the ranks, and tayuu’s names, which are quite poetic, often followed a lineage. Takasago is a classical reference to the city of that name, famous for its everlasting pines and views of the sea. Kikugawa-tayuu’s name is more obscure, but it could be taken from the city of Kikugawa, famous for its tea. It’s often hard to trace these lineages because very little literature of the sort is available.

Kikugawa-tayuu often gives dance and tea ceremony demonstrations, and she can be seen around New Year’s time making mochi at the Houjuu Temple in Kyoto with her 2 kamuro (child attendants). The eldest of her kamuro is the granddaughter of a monk there.

Her hairstyle, the “hyougo-mage” is unique among the tayuu performing today. It is said to have originated with the prostitutes of the Settsu province in Hyougo prefecture, hence the name. Takasago city is in Hyougo, so you can see some of the elegant, unspoken, connections being made between Kikugawa-tayuu and Takasago-tayuu.

Check out the source links below for more photos and information (in Japanese).

(source 1) (source 2) (source 3)

And as a bonus, here are some YouTube videos of Kikugawa-tayuu:

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Ookini! 蛍斗

(for you, oiran-geisha ^-^)

Very good text, so many useful informations :D Thank you!


Over 700 Jefferson County High School students are staging walkouts and protests over proposed changes to the Advanced Placement History curriculum. According to Colorado Public Radio:

Last week, a school board member proposed that advanced placement history classes be required to promote free enterprise and patriotism and be required to avoid classroom materials that encourage social strife or civil disobedience. Two high schools in Jefferson County closed Friday after dozens of teachers called in sick in protest.

According the online petition to be delivered to the School District:

Jeffco Public School Board has just proposed a change of curriculum stating that, “Materials should not encourage or condone civil disorder, social strife or disregard of the law. Instructional materials should present positive aspects of the United States and its heritage.”

This means that important parts of our history such as the Civil Rights Movement, Native American genocide, and slavery will not be taught in public schools. If these important lessons are not taught, children will not learn from them, and what will stop them from happening again? This is a severe form of censorship intended to keep the youth ignorant and easy to manipulate. I’m hoping to get enough signatures to prove that this is a public issue, so, please, if this is important to you, please sign. Do not let our youth grow up in ignorance; we all deserve the truth!

You can sign the petition here.

You can read more articles at The Denver Post, CBS Denver (with video), and Colorado Public Radio.

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